Skip to main content

Grateful Dead Live at Sullivan Stadium on 1989-07-02

Topics Live concert

Playin' In The Band-> Crazy Fingers-> Wang Dang Doodle, We Can Run But We Can't Hide, Tennessee Jed, Queen Jane Approximately, To Lay Me Down, Cassidy, Don't Ease Me In Friend Of The Devil, Truckin'-> He's Gone-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Hey Jude Reprise-> Sugar Magnolia, E: The Mighty Quinn

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Sullivan Stadium
Location Foxboro, MA

Source 3 Nak CM 300's - 2 CP 4's (Shotguns) 1 CP3 ( Super Omni ) arranged in an X-Y pattern
Taped by Jill and Rob R
Transferred by


Digital Audience - Jill & Rob R
3 Nak CM 300's - 2 CP 4's (Shotguns) 1 CP3 ( Super Omni ) arranged in an X-Y pattern


Reviewer: Digitalissa - - July 2, 2015
Subject: Cassettes in Stash
Played today on Sirius XM. Fantastic sequence in the 2nd set. This was one of cassettes I carried back in the day.
Reviewer: jawn h - - April 6, 2014
Subject: favorite He's Gone
The way they improv the outro-jam of this particular He's Gone has always been my favorite version experienced live and then listened to on recording. The way this one just ends without a transition into anything. The vocal riffing is the best. The mood just after the vocal riffing ends (at the around 12 minute depending on the recording) is reminiscent of otherworldly crystals forming.
Reviewer: ChrisNH - - January 5, 2013
Subject: Happy Returns
This was the first Dead show I got to after getting out of the Air Force where I had been stationed in the Philippines. I came to the show a blank slate. I had no idea what they were doing at the time. The last show I had been to was Providence in 87. While I heard some had wearied of it.. when I heard Fantasy > Jude it was a complete surprise and blew me away. It was a beautiful summer day and the kind of amazing sunset you could get over the tree tops at the old stadium.

There is nothing quite like a happy return to take your experience to the next level..
Reviewer: TDCarowindz - - July 2, 2012
Subject: 23 years ago today?!?!
what a great show, so many highlights for me. we parked 20 miles from the city and took a special train to the stadium, i was shrooming hard already and was sweating my butt off,it was so hot that day...fantastic FOTD>truckin>he's gone (10 stars for that outtro alone!)still gives me shivers to hear brent (RIP) give a last howl as phil holds his last note and jerry kicks into eyes. everything seemed to sparkle that night.
thak you for all involved for putting up this music and keeping this very special community alive.
Reviewer: bgthebear - - August 9, 2010
Subject: great show - better source available
There were some great high points in this show with a few not as great, but all in all a great time in Foxboro that day. This recording is rough but Nickspicks has the line on the version you want download/listen to.

I'm downloading today!

Rating is for the recording, not the quality of the show.
Reviewer: gratefuldiver - - April 14, 2010
Subject: Memories
Purple unicorns and yellow Woodstocks :-)
Reviewer: Fennway - - November 23, 2008
Subject: Great way to start a 4th of July weekend!
This was my first show and I think I was a junior in high school. On the morning of the show my older brother Larry woke me up and said, "come on let's go! I hit a scratch card last for 5 bills. Get your ass outta bed we're goin' to see the Dead!" I said, "the who?". So, off we went on our way to Foxboro. First stop was in Roslindale for some goodies, second stop for some beers, third stop the parking lot for tix. What a great day, the sun was out and man was it hot. You're right the fire hoses felt great and we needed them for sure. The trip was great and the people even better. I've been hooked ever since. Thanks for the copy. It will be nice to have on disc. The oranges shot up with Vodka were huge during He's Gone. I was pretty gone. Fennway
Reviewer: krustytheclown - - July 21, 2007
Subject: Wow!
This was an amazing party. Summer of '89 was my only full tour. I usually saw 5-10 per tour. We partied all night in the lot, and in a tee-pee people were tripping out in. Next day, came the show. We watched the boys come off of their helicopter and we ran in to the stadium. The music sounded great for a tour opener in a footbal stadium. I rarely heard people mention the fast FOTD, but it was killer! Give a listen.
Reviewer: Ryanworks - - April 4, 2007
Subject: Friend of the Devil

FOTD to start off the 2nd set. Blew my mind away. Never heard that as an opener. And the tempo. Where did that om from. I guess with the Playin' opener it was wide open. A great show.
Reviewer: Mohawk Nation - - November 30, 2006
Subject: My Return to the Dead
This was the 1st time I had seen the band since writing them off after the horrible '82 Glens Falls show. I had heard lots of wonderful things in the previous couple years, so I decided to check them out again, and this show was great. Los Lobos warmed up (love them) and my buddy had scored terrific seats about 3 rows above the field looking right at Phil. It was wonderful. As noted, Garcia actually said hello to everyone which was a huge surprise. As they were tuning for the 1st song, I turned to my buddy and said, "They can't really open up with Playing in the Band", but they did. A quick version which segued kinda awkwardly into Crazy Fingers, but who's complaining with that start? They really cranked the 2nd set, and although I was never a big Brent Mydland fan, the version of Hey Jude and Dear Mr. Fantasy gave me goosebumps. The crowd loved it, and the band really responded. And so I was once again fully hooked on the Dead after years away and it's been that way ever since. RIP, Jer.......
Reviewer: GumpyGuppy - - June 6, 2006
Subject: holy$#^@#%@#%@!#%@#%^@!#%
my F*KING ears are in heaven. Anyone reading this, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars until you hear this Dear Mr. Fantasy. Brent is on a tear!
Reviewer: lobster12 - - June 6, 2006
Subject: field seats stink
way too hot this day to be GA. Great first set and a rare To lay me down was very nice. Second set surprises with a FOTD opener and a He's gone>Eyes. The post Drums lags a bit but very well played overall.

revised: terrapanda calls me out and he's pretty accurate. I remember being at this show and the sound wasn't that cranked. The Fantasy/Jude is a beast but I thought the wheel and mags were dull post space. Listening again it's better than I remembered. Still stand by my 4 stars. Please listen to the fantasy/jude. Would hate to deter someone from that genius.
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - - March 13, 2006
Subject: Goodbye tape!
Gotta say I only wish I had driven over there that day...and I wish I could see em now at the home of our three time Superbowl Champion New England Patriots!...This show (like most) rips on many levels...give it a try and enjoy! easy 5 if the SBD ever jumps out of 4 until then! and....goodbye old tape...HELLO SHINEY NEW BURNED CD!
Reviewer: liddy - - February 18, 2006
Subject: Better on tape than it was in person
Despite the crazy set list, I remember being sort of underwhelmed by this show at the time. Performances seemed a bit sluggish, and except for a few moments, things never really got off the ground.

Listening to the show now though, it seems quite a bit stronger. Although the jam after Playin is still brief, that whole 1st set sequence is really tasty. The real highlight is the 2nd set FOTD opener ... not just because of its placement, but the way it's played, as a very up-tempo, rocking beat. The jam after He's Gone is also really cool ... you can hear Jerry really fighting to pull them into Smokestack, but Bob isn't having any of it, and then end up doing Eyes instead.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - - October 25, 2005
Subject: Quality
There HAS to be a better quality version of this out there. Don't think that b/c this is 3 Nak 300's that this one is a dope AUD, cuz it ain't. This is a quality review, not a show review. Great show
Reviewer: CaptainTrips10 - - October 24, 2005
Subject: Quinn
When Quinn the Eskimo Gets Here Everbody's Gonna Want to Dose.
Reviewer: Terrapanda - - August 12, 2005
Subject: Foxboro 89 Nak300
This is a seriously underrated show. Set list is not just a novelty unlike a lot of other bizzaro looks-great-on-paper set lists. The playing has a great ragged and wild quality. Awesome first set w/SICK TN Jed. Someone said that the post drums "lags" or something... but I would submit that this is one of the best post-drums segments of the PCE (post-coma era). Fantasy-Jude is BEST version all-time IMO. This recording is very decent for a massive stadium show with room for improvement. Sounds like your're there in row 8 billion. Show=5, Sound Qual=4.
Reviewer: gfink - - July 28, 2005
Subject: I was there too....first GD show
This was my first show, and it was killer to be there despite the heat and humidity. I didn't realize at the time how rare it was for Jerry to walk up to the mike and say "How you all doing?" at the beginning of the show. Maybe it had something to do with the extreme conditions. It was a spectacular sunny day but HOT and humid. I was in maybe the first 5 rows. Most people where I was were sitting on the ground rather than standing. When the band walked out they almost seemed close enough to reach out and touch. Met some really cool people who shared some of their supplies like water and etc. When the firehose came out and sprayed us, it was the best, and I recall the drops looked like diamonds falling out of the sky. I remember the show being really great and finding all kinds of friends there. This recording sounds quite good, even if another better one supposedly exists somewhere, nothing wrong with this in the meantime.
Reviewer: mustabeenthedoses - - July 4, 2005
Subject: Great Memories!
I to catch a Playing->Crazy Fingers to open a show is like a dream come true! What a fantastic show!
Reviewer: vancman - - May 24, 2005
Subject: Tranced Out
I was there and I remember everyone was totally absorbed in the music and loving life by the second set. The unique tune arrangement leads to some unique playing (different tempo, emphasis for Playin, CFingers, FOTD, HGone). The eyes is sloppy but after space, the Mr Fant, etc is monsterous and mind blowing (RIP Brent)...sign of what was to come. THOSE WERE THE DAYS. Should have quit work and gone on tour. recording quality is just ok and eyes dissapoints (hence 3 stars), but everything else is well worth a listen, esp is looking fo something a little different.
Reviewer: bomberholds - - March 14, 2005
Subject: smokin' second
this show was great. they always rocked at foxboro. the second set really kicked ass. classic dead.
Reviewer: ming - - January 25, 2005
Subject: surprising intro
Being my first show I didn't know what to expect, but I did know that a Playin'>Crazy Fingers opener was not par for the course. I was maybe 20 feet from the stage and it was a Miserably Humid day. Heat stroke abound, fire hoses turned on the crowd, but I met some fabulous people including folks from Philly who would put us up the following fall. Have some pretty cool pictures of the band and some psyched-up audience members.I think this is the same, but cleaner, recording I've had all these years, which I now rate as a decent sounding audience. As for performance, this is more sentimental than incredible.
Los Lobos opened and attempted a pun by saying "muchas, I mean gracias" which received minimal laughter. I also remember something about them saying the next song was in the key of C# minor.
But damn was it hot and sweatty.
Reviewer: NicksPicks - - December 11, 2004
Subject: where is the Schoeps spaced omni source?
-update December 11th -
i've uploaded the schoeps spaced omni source, but is not accepting individual GD uploads from the public at this time. if anyone wants to drop me an email or something, i will copy it for you.

The show is outstanding. Best of the summer perhaps. it had a MAJOR impact on my GD appreciation and my life overall.
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - - November 19, 2004
Subject: Very nice set list
I remember watching "family" memebers get turned away with fake tickets... no one had realized that the mail order tickets, which certain folks used tp hand-craft to a tee to get in, had multi-colored paper inside! I am assuming the ticket artists figured it out by the second or third show. I kind of missed the previous mail order tickets with the song names/funny sayings written on them, which showed up under black lights.

This show had a great feel, what with the unusual placement of songs. I recall the sun going down as FOTD started... the song choice had a great mellowing effect on the crowd, which seemed a little drunk and rowdy in the first set. I moved from the floor to the stands and back easily throughout most of the day, finally settling into the stands for drums/space. The whole show is really nice, but everything from space on really smokes. Not super quality, but better than the tapes I have had for years. Enjoy!
Reviewer: smh1971 - - October 7, 2004
Subject: Sweet memories
This was my 1st Dead show, I was fresh out of high school and 17 years old. I paid $90 to some ripoff ticket agency for 1 general admission ticket. That was one of only 2 times that I pandered to the ticket brokers but I must say it was worth every penny. Since I knew no other heads I made the hour long trek solo, hitting traffic that backed up for miles and miles. Once I parked culture shock set in as I never saw such a wild scene before. Tons of colorful, smiling ppl and lots of tents. I made my way in early and nearly passed out during Los Lobos due to dehydration, it was incredibly hot on that tarp on the field. The Dead played very well and I had a great time, I just wasnt used to all these strange, friendly people dancing wildly around me. It opened my mind in so many ways, this show was the door for me, I was glad to walk through it! =) I only have this aud source but hopefully someone will post the schoepe source so I can once again relive this personal high point in my life in even better quality. Peace
Reviewer: NicksPicks - - October 6, 2004
Subject: where is the Schoeps spaced omni source?
just an FYI...
there is a WIDELY ciruculted schoeps mk2 (omni, spaced) > PCM (mod F1) source for this show that is very, very good.
also, an AKG c414 FOB source that is equaly as nice.
Why there is this sub-par NAK source up here as the "reference" aud is beyond me.
If I had the bandwidth, i'd upload both of the others. I'll try to do that when I get a chance.

The show is outstanding. Best of the summer perhaps. it had a MAJOR impact on my GD appreciation and my life overall.
Reviewer: groovybaby - - September 21, 2004
Subject: A young girl never forgets her
This was my first Dead show, at 18 I hade plenty of time to follow the whole summer tour. It was a summer and a half, definately one to be remembered.
I have collected quite a little pile of tapes over the years but this one always eluded me.
Great quality recording (as these things go) and a wonderful way to close out this summer, remembering great ones gone by.
Thanks very much to the kind soul who uploaded this gem, made my day!
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - - August 17, 2004
Subject: agree with the other 2 guys hey jude is a must
this was a solid B show and then they came out of space with that and whole back end sizzled much better than the '87 show
Reviewer: catmann - - August 9, 2004
Subject: Dear Mr Fantsay / Hey Jude
Let's just say that calling Dear Mr Fantasy / Hey Jude "Monstrous" is an understatement. I have not heard them all, but this has to be the best version ever played. The energy is so high it still gives me chills 15 years later! A must have for this sequence alone!!!!!
Reviewer: bbaue - - July 14, 2004
Subject: set switcheroo
The first set opens with 2 second set stalwarts, Playin and Crazy Fingers, which was nifty to see and certainly a surprise, but they their early appearance in the show results in shorter versions than they would have been after the band had had a chance to warm up.

The second set opens with a song usually relegated to first set status, Friend of the Devil, which benefits from shifting slots by transforming from the lethargic versions played since the late 70s back to its sprightly, fast-paced version as it was originally conceived.

The Dear Mr. Fantasy/Hey Jude jam is monstrous.
In Collection
Grateful Dead
In Collection
Live Music Archive
Uploaded by
Jonathan Aizen
on 7/13/2004
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 1 reviews )
Source: Audience Recording: Nak CM700's
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 4 reviews )
Source: Audience Recording
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 3 reviews )
Source: Audience: Schoeps mk4's
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 3 reviews )
Source: FOB Senn. 421's > Sony TC-D5 > DAT > CD
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 4 reviews )
Source: Audience Recording: Sony ECM-270s> Sony TC-152 from front of balcony
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 2 reviews )
Source: Audience Recording: Nak 300
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 3 reviews )
Source: Audience Recording
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 1 reviews )
Source: Audience: Neumann KM140's
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 2 reviews )
Source: Audience
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
( 2 reviews )
Source: AUD> Beyer Dynamic M88's> Sony TCD5M(CM)> Nak DR-10 (Playback)> Midiman Flying Cow 24bit/48kHz A/D> RME Digi96/8> Steinberg's Wavelab 3.0 (bit resolution & resampling to CDR redbook 16/44.1> CDWav beta1.6 (tracking only)> SHNv3 (MKW ACT)